Deputy - Law Enforcement - Aircraft Pilot

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office - Largo, Florida

Sep 13, 2023

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Application Deadline:
Oct 5, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$57,200 annual
Top Pay:
$86,519 annual

Job Description

The incumbent performs general law enforcement work of average difficulty and responsibility in the preservation and protection of life and property, the prevention of crime, the maintenance of good public order, the enforcement of civil and criminal law, and other related duties as required by direction or assignment. All assignments involve responsibility for recognizing the social importance of the law enforcement function and for conscientious and effective performance of duties without immediate supervision.

Deputy exercises judgment and individual initiative in the performance of routine duties and in emergency situations. Positions require the member to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Duties are generally performed on an assigned shift, but the deputy may be called upon to continue assigned duties or special work assignments on other shifts and/or at such times as directed to best fill the efficient and effective operations of the Sheriff’s Office. Work is reviewed through personal observation, inspections and by discussion and review of daily reports for adherence to prescribed methods and procedures.

Members in this position must reside in the following counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, or Hernando.

Certified Law Enforcement only.

Hiring Incentives: * Starting pay based on experience * $2,600 - $5,200 annual flight stipend * Additional 10% pay increase upon completion of field training

With three (3) or more years of Certified Law Enforcement experience, eligible to receive:

  • Signing bonus = $5,000
  • Relocation Stipend to Pinellas County
  • From out-of-state = $3,000
  • From Manatee, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando Counties = $500

With less than three (3) years Certified Law Enforcement experience, eligible to receive:

  • Signing bonus = $3,000

First time newly employed Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Florida may be eligible for an additional bonus up to $5,000 through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity while funding is available.

The Sheriff requires all law enforcement certified members of the Sheriff's Office to reside in Pinellas, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, or Pasco counties. New members have three (3) months to move into one of the approved counties: The Sheriff may extend that period for good cause.

Preference and additional compensation will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:

  • 1500 hours PIC helicopter
  • 1000 hours PIC turbine helicopter

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: * Maintain a current class II medical certificate, per FAR Part 67; * Maintain a current Commercial/Instrument FAA Fixed Wing Pilot Certificate; * Act as a Tactical Flight Officer to include the operation of associated cameras and law enforcement mission equipment; * Ensure airworthiness of the aircraft before flight; * Flight planning and preparation, including preflight inspections of aircraft and equipment; * As Pilot In Command (PIC), exercise final responsibility and authority for the safety of aircraft, personnel and equipment during flight operations; * Maintain current awareness of all pertinent agency requirements, FAA regulations and other regulatory data bearing on the performance of their duties; * Post flight inspection, to include refueling;

Applicants must be tobacco/nicotine free for six months prior to submitting application and during length of employment.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office strives to provide our employees with the best benefits possible. Some of the benefits are Annual Leave (120 hours), Health Insurance, Wellness Incentives, and Education Assistance Program.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is an EEO/ADA employer and is committed to being a drug free workplace.


Any questions can be directed to Human Resources at 727-582-6208

Additional Information

Preferred Qualifications: * Airbus AS-350 make and model experience * Cessna 208 caravan experience * Instrument Helicopter rating * Certified Flight Instructor rating * Commercial/Instrument Airplane ratings * FAA NVG Instructor endorsement * Previous thermographer certification or formal training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * Knowledge of professional commercial General Aviation aircraft operations and best practices; * Knowledge of law enforcement aviation support principles; * Knowledge of aviation safety and risk management applications to public safety air support services; * Ability to work with complex technical electronics such as aircraft mounted thermal cameras and searchlights, various radio systems and aviation tactical mapping software; * Background and comfort operation with aviator Night Vision Goggles; * Knowledge of basic law enforcement patrol operations, principles and laws

· Must be at least 21 years of age.

· High school graduation or equivalent diploma from an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Dept. of Education or licensed as a degree granting institution by the Commission for Independent Education.

· Certification of completion of law enforcement training as required by the State of Florida.

· Meet requirements and standards of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as authorized by F.S.S. 943.13.

· Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License (minimum Class E).

· Consideration for this position requires a credit check.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 years of age minimum
  • Education: High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Experience: none

The physical abilities listed below are requirements to perform the essential functions and responsibilities.

· Requires satisfactory medical standards as stated on FDLE form CJSTC 75A, agency medical physical clearance form, and the following:

o Visual acuity of 20/30 vision standard in each eye; if corrective lenses must be used to satisfy 20/30 vision standard, uncorrected vision should be no worse than 20/100 in each eye.

o Hearing acuity, single hearing levels should not exceed 25 decibels at either 500, 1000, or 2000 Hz nor exceed 30 decibels at 3000 Hz frequencies in each ear.

· Ability to lift 50 lbs. from floor to waist.

· Ability to sit, stand and walk up to 12 hours per day.

· Ability to perceive sounds at normal voice range and sounds transmitted by radio and sirens.

· Ability to operate authorized revolver or semi-automatic handguns designated by the agency from a standing, crouching, kneeling, or prone position with either hand with accuracy; essentials for this requirement shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following: grip, stance, sighting under various lighting conditions, trigger control, body positioning, drawing techniques and loading/unloading.

· Ability to drive a motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner.

· Ability to utilize standard vehicle emergency equipment; ability to use mirrors for safe vehicle operation.

· Ability to properly identify colors utilized in descriptions.

· Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the work place.

This list of functions, duties, responsibilities, skills, and physical abilities is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employer reserves the right to assign additional functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Contact Information

Human Resources

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
10750 Ulmerton Rd. PO Box 2500
Largo, Florida 33778
phone: 1 727 582 6208

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